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Burglar/Theft              

Have a high quality home security system installed in your home. Always arm your home security system at night or when away from the home. Lock all doors and windows at night or when away from the home. Use only solid hardwood or metal-clad doors on exterior entries. Use deadbolt locks on all exterior entries. Use wide-angle peepholes on all exterior entries. Do not hide keys outdoors. Make sure garage doors securely lock. Maintain shrubs and bushes so they don't make good hiding spots for burglars. Use motion control lights that illuminate any dark ares outside your home. Always park in the garage, whether you are home or away. Display your house number clearly, so it's easily spotted by emergency vehicles. Use light timers when away from the home for extended periods of time. Postpone all mail and newspaper deliveries when away from the home for an extended period of time.

Fire Safety             

Use smoke detectors on every level of the home, and outside of each bedroom. Test all smoke detectors frequently, and replace batteries as needed. Keep all exits in the house clear of furniture and clutter. Always keep a current fire extinguisher in the house. Create a fire escape plan with your family, so each member knows two exits (door or window) from each room. Designate a safe zone outside for your family to meet up at in case of an emergency. Use extension cords safely. Do not run extension cords across doorways or under carpets. Make sure all cords are in good, safe condition. Plug high energy demanding appliances such as microwaves and toasters into separate receptacle outlets. Place space heaters at least three feet away from any other objects. Make sure space heaters are off when asleep or away from the home. Have chimneys and furnaces inspected and/or cleaned at least once a year. Always store fuels such as propane or gasoline outside of the home.

Originally posted on http://www.freehomesafety.com/


Flood Safety      

If you live in an area prone to flooding, move your switchboard and wiring to a level above typical flooding. Have emergency weather alerts sent to your phone. Unplug all electrical devices after first alert of a flood Have a battery powered or hand crank radio accessible in case of power outage. Avoid contact with flood waters. Do not use anything electrical that has come into contact with water.

General Preparedness     

Always keep at least a 3 day supply of water and non-perishable food on hand. Keep a first aid kit in the house at all times. Always have a current fire extinguisher in the house. Always lock the doors and windows at night or when away from the home. Use a home security and automation system that can be controlled remotely from your phone.

Originally posted on http://www.freehomesafety.com/


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